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Kenyan Makau sets new marathon record

Kenyan Patrick Makau shattered the world men’s marathon record by 21 seconds on Sunday when he clocked two hours three minutes 38 seconds over the fast, flat Berlin course on a warm, sunny morning.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2011 00:51 IST
Reuters

Kenyan Patrick Makau shattered the world men’s marathon record by 21 seconds on Sunday when he clocked two hours three minutes 38 seconds over the fast, flat Berlin course on a warm, sunny morning.

Makau ran alone for the final 12 kms to break the previous mark of 2:03:59 set by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie on the same course three years ago. It was the fifth time the men’s world record has fallen on the 42.195-km race through the German capital.

The 26-old-Kenyan won the Berlin race last year and finished third in London this year after falling 22 kms into the race. Makau, a former half-marathoner, previous best marathon mark was 2:04:48 in Rotterdam last year. “What I can say is that we have started a new generation in marathon running,” Makau told reporters. “This is the greatest day of my running life.”

“When I woke up today my body didn’t feel very good but at 25 kms I felt I could break the world record.”

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